Guitar Trios

Like the duet pieces this music comes from a variety of sources and the arrangements were made primarily to provide material for me and two other guitarists to play as a trio.

Emanuel Adrienssen (c1554 - 1604)
Adrienssen was a Flemish lutenist, teacher and composer. 

Donna Crudel [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Adrienssen
This piece is found in Adrienssen’s publication Pratum Musicum (1584) as an intabulation for three lutes of a vocal piece by the Italian composer Giovanni Ferretti (c1540 - 1609). There is a modern edition on Sarge Gerbode’s site of lute pieces and I have have used this to prepare this arrangement. [I’m not sure what the title means - apparently nothing in modern Italian, but perhaps it means Cruel Lady in renaissance language?]. The noticeable passing discords seem to be intended, as is the ending on the dominant, which sounds odd to modern ears.  My arrangement simplifies the original by removing some notes that appear in more than part.


William Lawes (1602-1645)
Lawes was an English Composer of both sacred and secular music  whose professional life was spent in the service of King Charles I and whose death occurred on active service with the Royalist army during the Civil War. His brother, Henry, was also a successful composer. [More about...... ]

Fantasye [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Lawes
This piece is found in a Consort (No. 12) for Harp, Violin, Bass Viol and Theorbo and I have made this arrangement from an edition by the musicologist Arthur J Ness* (I have chosen not to follow the barring structure in Ness’s edition, but to bar the whole piece in 4/4 as it is then easier to follow.) 

*This used to be available on his Verizon website, but disappeared when Verizon decommissioned their Site Builder service in 2014.


JM Nicolai (1629 - 1675)
German composer and orchestral musician .

Ciaconi  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Nicolai
This is s a movement from a sonata for three Violas da Gamba.


Thomas Farmer
Little is known of the 17th century English musician, a contemporary of Henry Purcell.

Overture  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Farmer
Originally for strings; somewhat like Purcell in style.

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